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Oršić Family

Oršić family, an old Croatian family of the nobility that built this house and the one in nearby Gornja Stubica. It is a family whose members for centuries performed distinguished military and state functions or left their mark in the cultural life of Croatia...

Oršić family, an old Croatian family of the nobility that built this house and the one in nearby Gornja Stubica. It is a family whose members for centuries performed distinguished military and state functions or left their mark in the cultural life of Croatia. The Oršićes are descendants of the Karinjan and Lapčan clans. They were first mentioned in 1420. They were mentioned as the Oršićes "of Udrinić" (today the village of Drinić on the Unac) after 1449. Later, fleeing from the Turks, they moved into Gorica near Karlovac and were called the Oršićes "de Gorica". In 1487, King Mathias Corvinus granted to Petar Oršić the estate of Slavetić, north-east of Jastrebarsko, on which the Oršićes built a castle that was the main family seat and was in the possession of the family until recent days. After this castle the Oršićes were known as "de Slavetić".
Traditionally, the Oršićes went into the army. The family began its rise in the seventeenth century. The most prominent family member in those days was Franjo Oršić, Vice-General of the Karlovac Generalship, who was created baron in 1675, and was named hereditary Governor General of Modruša in 1682. Krsto Oršić (1718-1782) was the most prominent family member in the eighteenth century. He was an outstanding officer and became a general. He built the manors in Gornja Bistra and Gornja Stubica. In 1744 he was created count. He performed various offices in civilian life, as well, the most important being President of the High Court of Justice and Governor General of the Zagreb District. His son Count Adam Oršić (1748-1820) is known for his Memoirs in which he described the life of his family and life in Croatia between 1725 and 1814. The better-known of Adam's two sons was the older, Juraj Oršić (1780-1847), who represented the Illyrian Movement in 1839 in the Croatian Sabor, together with Count Janko Drašković and Mirko de Lentulaj, and made fiery speeches attacking the crude pro-Hungarian policy and pleading for the Croatian language. All late Oršićes are descended from his younger brother Ivan Nepomuk.


 
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